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December 24, 1991 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Los Angeles officials want your used Christmas tree for recycling into wood chips for mulch or compost material as a means of saving landfill space and resources. It takes nature nine years to do what composting can achieve in 90 days. Trees will be collected at curbside from residents served by the city's automated refuse-collection service. Collections will be made from next Monday to Jan. 4 (except on New Year's Day), and Jan. 6 to Jan. 10.
May 7, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY and DEBRA CANO
The City Council recently honored local students for collecting 10,445 pounds of recycled materials for the city's monument sign project. Hisamatsu Tamura School took first place. Its 430 students collected 1,500 pounds of plastic, or nearly 3.5 pounds per student. Runners-up were James H. Cox School, whose 674 students collected 2,100 pounds, or 3.1 pounds per student; and Robert Gisler School, where 517 students collected 1,415 pounds, or 2.7 pounds per student.
September 13, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
A long-running dispute stemming from $3,000 worth of tarp has cost a city recycling firm its business permit and is heading for a legal showdown. The City Council this week voted to revoke the operating license for D&J Recycling, citing alleged fire-code violations. Recycler John Leenvart immediately responded by handing the city clerk a legal claim seeking $25 million in damages for alleged pain and suffering.
September 14, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Workers installed the last of 10 new signs Friday, wrapping up a citywide campaign to turn garbage into a warm welcome. In January, residents began collecting plastic milk cartons, soda bottles and even shampoo and lotion containers, bringing in seven tons of material. The plastic was melted down into material for the new "Welcome to Fountain Valley" monument signs that appear at strategic locations.
December 21, 1994
Although bankruptcy has forced the county to cancel its tree recycling program this year, the loss will be offset because all 31 cities in the county offer similar services. Cities that require residents to drop off their trees include: * Buena Park at 7171 Thomas St. from Dec. 26 through Jan. 26; * Santa Ana at Alona Park, 1817 W. 21st St. and Memorial Park, 2101 Flower St., on Jan. 7; * Tustin, at Columbus Tustin Park on Jan. 7 and 8. Curbside collection is available in: * Anaheim from Dec.
December 26, 1993
Christmas trees may be left for curbside pickup or taken to any of several city disposal areas or one of two countywide mulching centers. County centers will provide bags for taking mulch home; you must provide your own bag at a city center. Please remove stands, decorations and nails from trees. The addresses by city given below are for residents of multifamily housing or anyone wanting mulch.
April 17, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A key state Senate committee has blessed a compromise among bedding manufacturers, environmentalists and local governments about how best to keep about 2 million used mattresses a year from being dumped on California streets or into landfills. Still to be determined is exactly what kind of consumer fee or tax would be levied on mattress and box spring purchases, which manufacturers have estimated might be around $25. The money would create a first-in-the-nation "recovery and recycling" program that would be run by the mattress industry and overseen by California regulators.
August 8, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
Tom Bates stands in his pantry, grinning like a boy on Christmas morning with his loot spread out in front of him. There's a vase half full of used rubber bands destined for return to the newspaper carrier. A pile of hangers will go back to the cleaners. A bin of scraped and dried coffee filters awaits the artist down the street, who incorporates them into her work. Used coffee grounds fill a plastic bag on the kitchen counter. Bates collects them for the compost-making worms in his garage.
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